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Tbh the Muslim community is way too Arab-centric, Muslims worldwide expect Muslims as a whole even the non Arab ones to be aware of what is happening in Syria, Palestine, iraq etc… (Basically what we consider to be ‘Arab issues’, though it goes without saying Arabs aren’t the only ethnic group actually living in those countries) but Arab Muslims aren’t expected to know (or really I guess care) about the issues of non Arab Muslim majority countries like Nigeria for example (which just like Arab-majority, Muslim majority countries has had to deal with extremist groups of its own, namely Boko Haram) or Muslim majority South Asia and the non Arab ‘Muslim south asian’ fight for Kashmiri independence, or EVEN Muslim-majority Iran and the constant dehumanisation of its Shia and Persian-majority population. There’s also Burma (Myanmar) in east Asia where the Rohingya Muslim minority population of the country are experiencing what Rohingya themselves have described as a genocide at the hand of the many Buddhist extremist groups who also live there but I have yet to see anyone who cares about ‘Muslim Arab issues’ also care about all those other non Arab ‘Muslim issues’ I’ve just mentioned…. All I’m basically trying to say to all the Muslims who follow me (specially the Arab ones) is to please also take an interest in the struggles of other Muslim communities, As Arabs we’re not the only Muslims and actually (or should that be ironically) we’re a minority when you take into account all the non Muslim Arabs that exist and the fact not everyone in North Africa and the middle east even ARE Arabs (many are imazighen in North Africa’s case and in the middle east’s case many are actually Kurdish, Turkish, Persian, Pashtun, Azeri etc….) and obviously I don’t expect every Muslim to know everything about the struggles the people of every Muslim majority country face that’s near impossible but really it is fair that as Muslim Arabs we also bother to AT LEAST have a common (even if basic) understanding of the struggle of other Muslims the same way so many non Arab Muslims have bothered to learn a little about all of our ‘Arab Muslim’ issues.


“Muslims throughout the world are currently observing the holy month of Ramadan. Observant Muslims participate in fasting (sawm), one of the five pillars of their faith, this entire Lunar month.  Eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activity is prohibited from dawn until sunset. Along side restraining from bad intentions,desires, and superficial needs. The fast is broken at sunset with the evening meal called Iftar. Local customs define varying traditions, including differing types of food used to break the daily fast. Children, women in pregnancy/menses, sick/poor health individuals, and those traveling do not have to fast. During this time, Muslims are also encourage to read the entire Quran, to give freely to those in need, give charity,seek forgiveness and strengthen their ties to God through prayer. The fasting is meant to teach a person patience, humility, sacrifice, and empathy for the poor. After the month long fast, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan.”

1. Hui Muslim women prepare food to break their fast during Ramadan at a women’s only Mosque  in Sangpo, Henan Province, China. (Kevin Frayer / Getty Images)

2. Filipino Muslims pray outside Mindanao’s first ever pink mosque at Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, as they observe the start of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.(Jeoffrey Maitem/Inquirer Mindanao)

3. A child recites the Quran under a teacher’s instruction during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at a Madrassa in Nairobi, Kenya.(AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

4. A Malaysian Muslim family breaks their fast on the first day of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)

5.  Thai Muslim women offering prayers as they gather at the central mosque at the start of the month of Ramadan in Thailand’s restive southern province of Pattani. (Tuwaedaniya Meringing/AFP/Getty Images)

6. People eat at the breaking of fasting of the second day of Ramadan, in the premises of the Seeds of Solidarity (‘Graine de Solidarite’) association in Bordeaux. Founded in 1986, Seeds of Solidarity gives away free meals all year in the streets of Bordeaux, and serves up to 300 meals every night during Ramadan, to homeless and deprived people, regardless if they are Muslim or not. (Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images)

7. A Mesharati (Ramadan drummer) beats his drum (under a plastic containder] during the Ramadan month and awakens people for suhoor by shouting their name in Cairo, Egypt. Children walk with Mesharati around the neighborhood (Getty Images/ Anadolu Agency)

8. A Kashmiri Muslim worshipper reads Islam’s holy book, the Quran at the Shah-i-Hamdaan shrine during the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar.(TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

9. Muslim family saying prayers before breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan in Kano, Nigeria. Fasting is a physical and mental exercise meant to draw worshippers closer to God and increase empathy for the poor. (AP Photo/Sani Maikatanga)

10. A street vendor plugs in decorations for Ramadan  in Amman, Jordan. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon) 


Ivanka Trump visits Berlin’s Holocaust memorial and more: April 25 in photos

Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump, touches a slab when visiting the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe after she participated in the W20 Summit in Berlin; A car is submerged in floodwater along Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, N.C; A young boy looks on as war veterans make their way down Elizabeth Street during the ANZAC Day parade in Sydney, Australia; A critically endangered white-cheeked gibbon clings to its mother at Twycross Zoo in Atherstone, England; and, Kashmiri Muslim women pray upon seeing a relic believed to be hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed during Meeraj-un-Nabi, a festival which marks the ascension of Prophet Mohammed to Heaven, at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar.

These are just a few of the photos of the day for April 25, 2017.

(Photos: Michael Sohn/AP, Gerry Broome/AP, Brendon Thorne/Getty Images, Joe Giddens/PA via AP, Danish Ismail/Reuters)

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Kashmiri Muslim women pray upon seeing a relic believed to be hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed during Meeraj-un-Nabi, a festival which marks the ascension of Prophet Mohammed to Heaven, at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, April 25, 2017. (Danish Ismail/Reuters)



Dr. Abdul Sattar Edhi, NI, LPP, RMA, IBP, GPA, MSP is a prominent Pakistaniphilanthropist, social activist and humanitarian. He is the founder and head of the Edhi Foundation, a non-profit social welfare organization in Pakistan. Together with his wife, Bilquis Edhi, he received the 1986 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service. He is also the recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize and the Balzan Prize. In 2006, Institute of Business Administration Pakistan conferred an honoris causa degree of Doctor of Social Service Management for his services. In September 2010, Edhi was also awarded an honorary degree of Doctorate by the University of Bedfordshire. In 1985 Edhi received the Nishan-e-Imtiaz from the Government of Pakistan. On January 1, 2014, Eidhi was voted Person of the year 2013 by the readers ofThe Express Tribune.

He was born in 1928, in the city of Bantva in what is now western India. Edhi’s first interaction with human suffering occurred at the age of eleven, when his mother was physically paralyzed and later suffered from mental illness. Edhi spent his waking hours caring for her, and her worsening health and eventual death left a lasting impact on his life. In 1947, at the age of 19, Mr. Edhi’s family was forced to flee their hometown and relocate to Karachi. Finding himself in a new city without any resources, Edhi resolved to dedicate his life to aiding the poor, and over the last sixty years, he has single handedly changed the face of welfare in Pakistan. Edhi founded the Edhi Foundation, with an initial sum of a mere five thousand rupees. Regarded as a guardian for the poor, Edhi began receiving numerous donations, which allowed him to expand his services. To this day, the Edhi Foundation continues to grow in both size and service, and is currently the largest welfare organization in Pakistan. Since its inception, the Edhi Foundation has rescued over 20,000 abandoned infants, rehabilitated over 50,000 orphans and has trained over 40,000 nurses. It also runs over three hundred and thirty welfare centers in rural and urban Pakistan which operate as food kitchens, rehabilitation homes, shelters for abandoned women and children and clinics for the mentally handicapped.

Edhi has remained a simple and humble man. To this day, he owns two pairs of clothes, has never taken a salary from his organization and lives in a small two bedroom apartment over his clinic in Karachi. He has been recommended for a Nobel Peace prize by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. On June 25, 2013 Edhi’s kidneys failed and it was announced that he will be on dialysis for the rest of his life, unless he finds a kidney donor.

Early life:

Edhi was born in 1928 in Bantva in the Gujarat, India. When he was eleven, his mother became paralyzed and later grew mentally ill and died when he was 19. His personal experiences caused him to develop a system of services for old, mentally ill and challenged people. Edhi and his family migrated to Pakistan in 1947. He initially started as a pedlar, later became a commission agent selling cloth in the wholesale market in Karachi. After a few years, he established a free dispensary with the help from his community. He later established a welfare trust, “Edhi Trust”.

Abdul Sattar Edhi was married in 1965 to Bilquis, a nurse who worked at the Edhi dispensary. The couple have four children, two daughters and two sons. Bilquis runs the free maternity home at the headquarter in Karachi and organizes the adoption of illegitimate and abandoned babies.

Charity worr:

Edhi Foundation runs the world’s largest ambulance service and operates free nursing homes, orphanages, clinics, women’s shelters, and rehab centers for drug addicts and mentally ill individuals. It has run relief operations in Africa, Middle East, the Caucasus region, eastern Europe and US where it provided aid following the New Orleans hurricane of 2005. In November 2011, Edhi was recommended for a Nobel Peace prize by the Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani. Abdul Sattar Edhi suffered renal failure as announced on 26 June 2013 at SIUT and needs kidney donation.

Travel issues:

In the early 1980s he was arrested by Israeli troops while entering Lebanon. In 2006, he was detained in Toronto, Canada, for 16 hours. In January 2008, US immigration officials interrogated Edhi at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York for over eight hours, and seized his passport and other documents. When asked about the frequent detention, Edhi said “The only explanation I can think of is my beard and my dress."In January 2009, Edhi was refused entry to Gaza by Egyptian authorities.

Honors and Awards:

International awards

  • Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service (1986)
  • Lenin Peace Prize (1988)
  • Paul Harris Fellow from Rotatory International Foundation, (1993)
  • Peace Prize from (USSR former) for services in the Armenian earthquake disaster, (1998)
  • Largest Voluntary Ambulance Organization of the World - Guinness Book of World Records (2000)
  • Hamdan Award for volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services (2000) UAE
  • International Balzan Prize (2000) for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood, Italy
  • Peace and Harmony Award (Delhi), 2001
  • Peace Award (Mumbai), 2004
  • Peace Award (Hyderabad Deccan), 2005
  • Wolf of Bhogio Peace Award (Italy), 2005
  • Gandhi Peace Award (Delhi),2007
  • UNESCO Madan jeet sing Peace Award (Paris),2007
  • Peace Award Seoul (South Korea), 2008
  • Honorary Doctorate degree from the Institute of Business Administration Karachi (2006).
  • UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize (2009)
  • Peace Award (London), 2011

National Awards:

  • Silver Jubilee Shield by College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan, (1962–1987)
  • The Social Worker of Sub-Continent by Government of Sind, Pakistan, (1989)
  • Nishan-e-Imtiaz, civil decoration from Government of Pakistan (1989)
  • Recognition of meritorious services to oppressed humanity during eighties by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Government of Pakistan, (1989)
  • Pakistan Civic Award from the Pakistan Civic Society (1992)
  • Shield of Honor by Pakistan Army (E & C)
  • Khidmat Award by Pakistan Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Human Rights Award by Pakistan Human Rights Society

    Quotes By Abdul Sattar Edhi:

    So many years later there were many who still complained and questioned, "Why must you pick up Christians and Hindus in your ambulance?” And I was still saying, “Because the ambulance is more Muslim than you.” (Mirror To The Blind)

    “Despite his selfless deeds, Edhi is often attacked as "un-Islamic” by Pakistan’s hard-line mullahs, who cite his policy on infidels. He has none. Edhi never asks whether an abandoned child, a psychiatric patient, a dead person, or a battered woman is Sunni or Shiite, Hindu or Christian-or, for that matter, Punjabi or Sindhi, Baluchi or Pashtun, Mohajir or Kashmiri. “I’m a Muslim,” says Edhi, “but my true religion is human rights." (Struggle for the Soul of Pakistan)

    "I am a beggar for the poor,” he says, stained teeth showing in a wide smile, eyes sparkling after a week touring flood-hit areas. “Serving humanity is the biggest jihad. It is the real thing.”
    (Aging philanthropist is Pakistan’s Mother Teresa)

    There are Muslims, Hindus and Christians, but all their teachings are based on humanity. Where humanity is concerned, all religions are immersed into it. (Ali Kapadia, Seerat 4)

    Humanity in itself is a religion, and from it other religions have been born. Allah’s books also teach humanity. (Ali Kapadia, Seerat 4)

    “This is very difficult work, because of fundamentalism,” Edhi interjects. “Our society does not want to give any facilities to females. When political opponents criticize us, we never fight them-we ignore them.”

    “Still, it’s very hard to survive if you are working for all the people, not just your particular religious or ethnic group,” he acknowledges. “With so much discrimination and growing religious divisions, my children will have a very, very tough time.” (Humanitarian to the Nation) 

I’m Shabana. My family is Kashmiri and Muslim. Spent a good deal of my life internalizing white supremacy and islamophobia before I realized how fucked up it was. I am sick of being called exotic or people questioning my background or discussing my skin color.  It is because of amazing WOC that I became liberated and embraced my own identity.  I am sick of being boxed into this perceived identity as a Muslim woman. I am not oppressed by my faith nor do I need a white savior to help me. I am sick of also being boxed in by the model minority myth. My parents did not come from a middle class background or have access to a formal education that the “model minority” comes to America with. The model minority myth is erasing the struggles of my people like my parents and there immigration stories

Grateful for this space and all the people out there who continue to inspire and empower <3

INDIA. Indian-controlled Kashmir. Srinagar. August 9, 2016. A Kashmiri Muslim protester jumps to avoid a projectile thrown at him by Indian paramilitary soldiers during a protest. Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi appealed to the people of Indian-controlled Kashmir to shun violence after a month of anti-India protests and deadly violence. 

Photograph: Dar Yasin/AP

India’s contrived enemy in Kashmir is a plausible one: the Muslim ‘Other’, the historically manufactured nemesis of Hindu-dominant India. India’s political and media establishments caricature the Kashmiri Muslim as violent, impure, anti-national, as one who does not belong and who has refused political, cultural, and economic assimilation. The Kashmiri, historically residing outside the present Indian nation, is branded 'seditious’ for seeking a different self-determination, for not belonging, and for not accepting annexation.
—  Angana P. Chatterji in Kashmir: The Case for Freedom

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Kashmiri Muslim women shout slogans during a protest against erratic cuts in power supplies in the city centre on December 02, 2013, in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India.

Intermittent power cuts are a normal occurrence during the winter months in Kashmir with people receiving barely eight to ten hours of power in a day. Many protesters took to the street to demonstrate after some remote areas were left without power for a number of days.

Photo by Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images


Today, another case of severe beadbi was done to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaaj in Jalandhar, Punjab.

Also today, Mus’hafs of the Qur’an were torn and desecrated in Srinagar, Kashmir.

These are not two isolated events, but a part of a greater ploy. It is not a coincidence that Guru Granth Sahib Ji was desecrated in Punjab, home to the Sikh uprising, and the Qur’an was denigrated in Kashmir, which has been under occupation for many years. They are trying to shake us at our foundation- our faith. Punjabis and Kashmiris, and Sikhs and Muslims, unite against Hindutva NOW!